Fiddle-L Anthology 1999

A Tour 'Round The World Of Fiddling

Performer Bio


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Michelle Jewel Huber, Golden, Colorado (fiddlette@webtv.net / http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/1953/index.html)

Michelle was born November 22, 1967 in Denver, Denver County, Colorado. She earned a high school diploma and after two more years of school became an orthopedic technician. She is a member of CFOOTMAD (Colorado Friends for Old Time Music and Dance), and Swallow Hill Music Association.

HERITAGE, HISTORY, FAVORITES

Michelle's heritage is German, Scottish, Irish, English and Dutch; her parents were both born in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the first in her family to play the fiddle, which she began in grade school. She had a little classical training in junior high school. She enjoys participating in jam sessions and has also attended Valley of the Moon. The first fiddle tune Michelle played was Drowsy Maggie, which she learned from sheet music. Today her favorite fiddle tunes are Tommys Tarbukas and Catharsis, best played by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie MacMaster, respectively. Her favorite fiddlers include Alasdair Fraser, Liz Carol, Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, and Martin Hayes.

TYPES OF TUNES, INSTRUMENTS, VENUES

Michelle enjoys playing jigs, reels, strathspeys, marches, airs, waltzes, and hornpipes. She doesn't use cross tuning but learned a couple of tunes played in cross tuning at fiddle camp. In addition to fiddle, Michelle plays a little piano and is learning the bodhran. Her favorite backup instrument for fiddling is the guitar. Michelle can most often be found playing at jam sessions and dances and has at times played in a band.

STYLE

Michelle calls her fiddling a combination of Scottish and Irish: "lively with a little punch". She names Alasdair Fraser and Eileen Ivers as earlier influences. She comments there are too many styles in existence to list, but Irish seems dominant in her area.

THE INSTRUMENT

Michelle's violin is German, Strad style. She says it has a deep, rich sound. She uses a shoulder rest and plays with D'Addario Helicore strings and an Otto Wunderlich wood octagonal bow.

WHY DO YOU PLAY THE FIDDLE?

"I love the freedom that fiddle playing gives. No strict rules to adhere to. You can just let yourself go, and play however you like (within the chosen tradition, if you so choose to stay there).

THE TUNES

Michelle learned the tunes for this recording at fiddle camp and at sessions from six months to two years ago. They are: Sleep Soond Ida Moarnin and Pretty Peg.